Cord blood is the excess blood left in the umbilical cord after your baby is born. This precious resource was historically discarded as medical waste. However, in the 1980's scientists discovered that your baby's cord blood is an incredible source of potentially life-saving stem cells.
To date, there are more than 80 FDA-approved therapies using cord blood stem cells, and cord blood has been used to successfully treat more than 25,000 patients worldwide.
Stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood are called hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). They are the building blocks of the body’s blood and immune systems. These cells have the ability to repair and replace tissue that has been damaged by disease, chemotherapy or other medical conditions.
HSCs from cord blood are considered one of the best sources of healthy stem cells for use in transplants. They provide a perfect genetic match for your newborn and are a high probability of being a match for immediate family members as well.
Because of this, stem cells from your baby’s cord blood substantially reduce the life-threatening risk of Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD) for your child and your family, should they ever require a stem cell transplant.
Furthermore, umbilical cord blood has been shown to contain 10 times more HCSs than bone marrow. Cord blood stem cells are also substantially more viable and stable than other sources as they are much less likely to have been exposed to latent diseases and DNA degradation.
Cord blood stem cells are often used in regenerative medicine and have been saving lives for more than 30 years. Doctors have used cord blood stem cells in the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, metabolic disorders, various anemias, and more.
Cord blood stem cells are now routinely being used to treat over 80 critical diseases and conditions, and this list continues to grow. Current studies show promising treatments for autism, heart disease, diabetes, cerebral palsy, and others.
The hematopoietic stem cells from cord blood are used in treatment by infusing them into the patient; often referred to as a “cord blood transplant” or a "stem cell transplant". Transplanting healthy cord blood stem cells into the recipient allows the platelets and affected cell tissue to regenerate into healthy tissue.
Cord blood banking is the process of extracting the stem cells from your baby's cord blood and storing them for potential use.
Private cord blood banks like MiracleCord ensure that you will always have access to your stored cord blood. In the event that a disease or condition arises in the future, your baby's cord blood stem cells may be the best treatment for your child, or a family member.
MiracleCord has developed a simple, worry-free process for collecting and storing your baby’s cord blood that ensures its future viability.
Your baby’s cord blood is collected at the time of birth using our proprietary StemCare® Collection Kit that includes a sterile, FDA-approved collection bag. It is then quickly and carefully transported by our direct medical courier service for processing in our state-of-the-art laboratory where it is cryogenically stored for your family until needed.
"The reasons people are storing cord blood today represent only a fraction of its potential uses in the future, as scientists continue to make incredible new discoveries."
Erik Woods, PhD
Cryobiologist & Scientist